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Oil Sands and the Environment: Part II

November 25, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Oil Sands and the Environment

There are two primary ways of extracting bitumen from the oil sands. In situ production involves injecting steam into the ground to heat up the bitumen which is then pumped out of the ground. Surface mining is done when the resource is fairly close to the surface.[read more]


Can Canada Achieve Emission Reduction Targets By Incentivizing Electric Car Adoption?

November 15, 2013 by Anand Srinivasan

EV Incentives and Canada

Canada is among the world's biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. The country is also seeing terrific growth in the sale of fuel driven cars. Can the country meet its Copenhagen Accord target to reduce emissions by 17% by 2020?[read more]

Oil Sands and the Environment: Part 1

November 12, 2013 by Robert Rapier

Oil Sands and the Environment

I spent the past week in the heart of the Athabasca oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alberta. I was there as a guest of the Canadian government, which hosts annual tours for small groups of journalists and energy analysts. I asked a lot of questions.[read more]

New Documents Reveal Canada Not Serious on Addressing Tar Sands Emissions

November 9, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Freedom of information documents makes public that Canadian climate policies under consideration will still lead to significant increases in tar sands carbon pollution. This comes days after the Canadian government released its annual report on greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]


The Kind of Superpower Canada Needs To Be

October 17, 2013 by Jim Baird

Canada and Energy

"Nations thrive when they develop “inclusive” political and economic institutions, and they fail when those institutions become “extractive” and concentrate power and opportunity in the hands of only a few." By such a definition Canada is failing.[read more]

Prominent Canadians Visit DC to Share the Truth About Canada's Record

October 15, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

A prominent delegation of Canadians has traveled to Washington, DC to urge U.S. law and policy makers to take note of the Canadian federal government’s systematic attack on climate and environmental protections, public activism, and artistic expression.[read more]

LNG Exports - The $35 Billion Bull Invading Canada: Interview with Jason Sawatzky

October 12, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Jason Sawatzky is Director of Institutional Equity Research at AltaCorp, where he focuses on oilfield services. Prior to joining AltaCorp, Sawatzky was an associate analyst covering oilfield services at Stifel Nicolaus from 2009 to 2011.[read more]

European Fuel Regulations and Canadian Hypocrisy: My Trip to Europe with Jim Hansen

September 23, 2013 by Mark Jaccard

Prime Minister Harper promised in 2006 to reduce Canadian emissions 20% by 2020 (in 2009 he changed it slightly to 17%). Only two policy approaches can achieve this: emissions pricing or regulations (or a combination). But he rejected emissions pricing.[read more]

Canada's Actions on Climate Sharply Diverge From Government Promises

September 12, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

Many of us have experienced the frustration of someone making a promise that is later broken. But when the world’s tenth-largest carbon polluter makes and breaks promises to deliver on major national policies and international climate agreements, it is a different matter.[read more]

Canadian Geothermal Industry Seeks Crowdfunding in Absence of Government Money

September 12, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

Canadian Geothermal

In a 2008 story concerning Canada being a laggard when it comes geothermal power production, I wrote that Canada is in fact the only nation along the Pacific Ring of Fire that did not have a commercial geothermal power plant up and running.[read more]

Is the Canadian Prime Minister Out of Options on Keystone?

September 11, 2013 by Mitchell Beer

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama to open a dialogue on joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas sector. But what if it turns out that Harper has nothing to offer Obama?[read more]

Canada Heavy Oil Producers Positioned for Big Payoffs: Interview with Alistair Toward

September 4, 2013 by Jim Patrick

Canadian Heavy Oil

Alistair Toward joined PI Financial Corp.'s Calgary office in April 2010 focusing on junior to mid-size domestic energy companies. Alistair brings over 16 years of financial and industry experience to PI, including 10 years as an oil and gas analyst.[read more]

Weak Canadian Policies Another Reason to Reject Keystone Pipeline

July 31, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

President Obama in recent comments about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline got it right when he said that Canada has not yet addressed the harmful carbon pollution from its rapidly growing tar sands industry. Canada failed to enact effective climate policies.[read more]

Canadian Cities' Vulnerability to Climate Change Clear After Alberta Floods

July 6, 2013 by Laura Tozer

Climate Change in Canada


Recent flooding in Alberta, Canada is one of the many climate change impacts already being felt around the world, but it also foreshadows the rise in extreme events that is on the way.[read more]

British Columbia Declines Oil Pipeline. Should Obama follow suit?

June 25, 2013 by Meredith Fowlie

The Northern Gateway pipeline, which could carry more than 525,000 barrels of oil per day, would link the oil sands to Asian markets and seemed like a “no-brainer”. But British Columbia sees things differently.[read more]